Students celebrate raising approximately $12,500 through a jog-a-thon fundraiser by pouring condiments on  Principal Stephen Turk at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clawson Oct. 4

Students celebrate raising approximately $12,500 through a jog-a-thon fundraiser by pouring condiments on Principal Stephen Turk at Guardian Angels Catholic School in Clawson Oct. 4

Photo by Deb Jacques


Guardian Angels students celebrate hitting fundraising mark

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 9, 2018

 Guardian Angels Catholic School students squeeze condiments onto gym teacher Chrissy Bays during an assembly at the Clawson school Oct. 4 to celebrate their surpassing of a $10,000 goal for a jog-a-thon fundraiser.

Guardian Angels Catholic School students squeeze condiments onto gym teacher Chrissy Bays during an assembly at the Clawson school Oct. 4 to celebrate their surpassing of a $10,000 goal for a jog-a-thon fundraiser.

Photo by Deb Jacques

 Guardian Angels Catholic School Principal Stephen Turk endures being doused with condiments during the assembly.

Guardian Angels Catholic School Principal Stephen Turk endures being doused with condiments during the assembly.

Photo by Deb Jacques

CLAWSON — On Oct. 4, students at Guardian Angels Catholic School celebrated surpassing the $10,000 goal set for their second annual jog-a-thon. The school’s 211 students in preschool through eighth grade raised approximately $12,500.

Teachers at the school encouraged each student to bring in a condiment of their choice to dump on Principal Stephen Turk and gym teacher Chrissy Bays.

Students approached the pair — seated on folding chairs in kiddie pools on a large black tarp in the auditorium — by grade, and they did not hold back.

Maple syrup, ketchup, mustard, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, relish, olive oil and more swirled together to form a soupy mess that, when dumped out of the swimming pools, provided lubrication for both staff members to dive, Slip ’N Slide-style, across the mat.

Guardian Angels Parents President Shawn Bennis said the school used half of the condiments and would donate the rest to a food pantry so it wouldn’t all go to waste.

Before the main event, Bays awarded prizes to top-earning classrooms and individuals and raffled off items donated to the school.

Last year, Bennis said, the students participated in a walk-a-thon to raise money for the school’s operations fund, which supports electronic updates, software, field trips, playground equipment and more.

“When the students got done walking (through Clawson neighborhoods), they said they wanted to run a longer route, so we decided to do the jog-a-thon,” Bennis said. “Last year, we made over $10,000, and our goal was $5,000. This year, our goal was $10,000, and we actually made over $12,000.”

The jog-a-thon took place Sept. 20, and through some strategic rearranging and luck, Bennis said, the students were able to complete the event between thunderstorms, and many students opted to jog the 3/4-mile course multiple times.

“We also jogged in the gym and had some dance breaks and other fun activities to keep them moving,” she said. “We had healthy snacks after.”

She said the school collected the majority of donations online using a website called thegetmovin crew.com, as well as through cash and check donations made directly to the school.

Erin Dawkins, a member of the Guardian Angels Parents group, said she was impressed to learn that five Girl Scouts in eighth grade donated $100 each from their cookie sale money to the fundraiser for a total of $500.

She said the school holds other annual fundraisers, such as a father-daughter dance, mother-son bowling and an auction in the spring with the goal of raising $25,000.

In the past, students duct-taped Turk to a wall and turned him into an ice cream sundae as a reward for fundraising.

“It’s wonderful,” he said. “We have a very active parent group and a very generous community.”

For more information about Guardian Angels Catholic School, call (248) 588-5545 or visit www.gaschool.com.